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Summary

Katherine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in 1967, where she was attacked by one of the event's directors who wanted to eject her from the all-male race. She fought off the director and finished the race. From the childhood events that inspired her to winning the New York City Marathon in 1974, this book details the struggles and achievements of a pioneering woman in sports.

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©2017 Kathrine Switzer (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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"A thoughtfully written memoir...[Switzer is] still running strong; she's headed back to Boston this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her 1967 pioneering run, making this a perfect time to brush up on running history." (Mother Runner)

"Kathrine Switzer is the Susan B. Anthony of women's marathoning." (Joan Benoit Samuelson, first Olympic Gold Medalist in the women's marathon)

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Inspiring!

Wow! What an inspiring and full of real stories book! Must read for every woman and man runner.

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fantastic book

i loved this book. it was very well read. interesting and funny. I highly recommended.

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Social History Through Running.

An absolutely fantastic listen that has kept me well distracted but motivated on long runs. The mix of personal experience and wider history of the rise of women's running was captivating.

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Fascinating and I’m thankful

This book is amazing. The journey Katherine went through and what she has done for women’s running. I am ever thankful.
I enjoy running. I’ve run the London Marathon and at the time didn’t even think about what it took to make that possible for me.

Inspirational and brilliant x

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such an inspirational book

loved it. every woman should listen to this at least once in their life regardless of if they run.

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  • Kim R. Bosher
  • 22-02-18

Marathon Woman Has It All

I absolutely loved every story that Kathrine Switzer shared about running!
She shared trials and tribulations of the era of women’s running! One of the best books to motivate one to run a marathon! Running has come a long way from the 1970’s or really 1967!

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  • Allan
  • 06-09-17

Great read for all

Fantastic story and wonderful achievements. But as a runner and as a sports administrator trailblazer. Well worth a listen.

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  • 06-09-19

Ex husband stories

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inpirational listen. I found myself feeling somewhat put down by comments about some marathon speeds being only 'jogger speed' and too many thinly- or not even thinly- veiled negative comments about the husband. These became tiresome and so I cant recommend this one.

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  • Missy Boser
  • 14-09-18

A Must

I LOVE this audio book! Kathrine Switzer did an amazing job narrating it! It feels like she is personally telling you the story!

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  • Heather H. Crill
  • 08-07-21

must read!

I would definitely read this again! loved that it is read by Kathrine! please just submit my review

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  • rafojas
  • 05-05-21

I love everything about this book

I'm a Huge History Nerd, And a Huge running nerd, And.. . . Well .. . . This book just pushed all my happy buttons.

You should read this book.

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  • Katy McTeigue
  • 24-04-21

like you're right there

I'm about to start listening to it for the third time! Kathrine tells her story with such passion and with so many funny anecdotes that it seems like I am right there watching women's running history unfold. A great book to listen to on a long run. My only complaint is that the editors have missed a few bits where a sentence is repeated.

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  • Emma Leigh
  • 22-02-21

An inspiration

I have ran my entire life and had no idea how these pioneer women runners mobilized my right to run and shattered misogynistic myths of women’s fragility. I am so grateful that my running career was possible from the the work and sweat of women in the 70s and 80s. This book brought tears to my eyes on multiple occasions and brought a new wave of appreciation for this sport.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-20

Must read for any sports fan

If you think you know the story of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run a marathon, chances are you only know the beginning. This book, and the performance by Katherine herself was sensational. A must listen to get her full energy! I’m a high performance athlete and business professional who has read/ listened to so many sports bios and started to feel there was a shocking lack of women telling their stories. Katherine not only tells the story of her running career leading the way for more female runners but also details how she dedicated her professional career to advance gender equity across sport ( in general) and sports sponsorships. An incredible story told by an incredible person... this won’t be the only time I listen to this one. Thank you K. Switzer!!

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  • Renata Altamirano-Garcia
  • 08-06-20

Lovers it! Didn’t expect the stories and years after her first race but makes sense to include ALL her journey.

What an inspiring story! Love it and thank you Kathrine for all you’ve done! Love the book but was not expecting so many stories after her Boston 67 race. Very empowering for women and helps younger generations appreciate how many women have fought for equal opportunities in sport!